Sutton Council’s fast response to the Wallington flash flood

Sutton Council worked with the Environment Agency, Thames Water and the emergency services to clear the centre of Wallington following the flash flood there on the afternoon of Tuesday 7 June.

An intense thunderstorm at 2pm saw almost one month’s rain (3.5cm or 1.4 inches) fall across the borough in an hour. An average of 4.9cm (1.9 inches) of rain normally falls during the whole of June.

Around 2m (6ft 5 inches) of floodwater quickly filled up the low-lying area near the railway bridge at Manor Road in Wallington town centre and the drivers of three cars needed to be rescued.

Sutton Council’s highways contractor was quickly on site and began to pump and lower the amount of floodwater on Manor Road. The Metropolitan Police closed part of the A237 and a Local Authority Liaison Officer co-ordinated with the emergency services to remove the vehicles and clear up after the flooding.

As a Lead Local Flood Authority, Sutton Council is responsible for managing flood risk from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses. The Environment Agency is responsible for flood protection from canals and rivers, and Thames Water is responsible for the drains and sewerage system. Plans are in place to identify any ongoing flood risk.

Sutton residents concerned about flood risk should visit the Environment Agency website for updates, sign up for flood warning updates  or call Agency’s floodline on 0845 988 1188.

Street flooding caused by overflowing drains should be reported to Sutton Council using the Report it feature on the council website or by telephone on 020 8770 5000.

Blue Badges

The Blue Badge renewal recommendations that have been issued by your department and have been adopted by local councils in their entirely need to be reconsidered as they do not take an applicant’s entire wellbeing into account:

• GP recommendations are no longer given serious consideration and are in fact are treated with derision

• No proper consideration for pain – i.e. applicant suffering with severe arthritis or other type of chronic pain conditions that effect the skeletal system

• No proper consideration of impact of pain on mobility • Existing Blue Badge holders have been turned down on point systems that are not balanced

• It is unbelievable that the DfT has sway over matters that impact on a person’s health & mental wellbeing.

Should we now start referring transport matters to the NHS? The current Blue Badge renewal procedure is unfair for those who suffer with chronic pain and Blue Badge issuance should revert to a GP/Consultant referral.

Sign this petition – http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/blue-badges

Beddington & Wallington Local Committee meeting

The next local committee meeting will take place on 23 April at 19.00, you are welcome to attend.

To see the publicly available information, follow the link: Agenda details on public web site

Meeting venue: Beddington Park School, Derry Road, Beddington, Surrey CR0 4UA

The following items are included in the agenda:

No. Item
1 Welcome and introductions
2 Minutes of previous meeting
3 public realm report
4 beddington project
5 Hanging Baskets
6 community representatives updates
7 Traffic and parking schemes
8 items for noting:
9 Public question time
10 any urgent business
11 date of next meeting

BEDDINGTON AND WALLINGTON LOCAL COMMITTEE MEETING

Next BEDDINGTON AND WALLINGTON LOCAL COMMITTEE will take place on TUESDAY, 17TH APRIL, 2012, starting 7.00 pm at the Bandon Hill Primary School, Wallington.

I would like to encourage the residents of Wallington & Beddington to attend the meeting and let us hear your views.

AGENDA

1. APOLOGIES

2. MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING (Pages 1 – 8)

Minutes of the meeting held on 7 February 2012 to be agreed

3. QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC

15 minutes are allocated for questions from the public relating to items not on the agenda. Please pass these to the Community Development Officer at least

10 minutes before the start of the meeting.

4. PUBLIC REALM PROJECTS (Pages 9 – 14)

  • • Round table discussions with Julie Young, Locality Officer
  • • Beddington Park Cycle Lane briefing note from Lynn Robinson,

Engineering Technician

5. SAFER NEIGHBOURHOOD TEAM

Update from Inspector Colin Baker

6. WESTCROFT LEISURE CENTRE AND LIBRARY (Pages 15 – 18)

Report from Colin Beech, Executive Head of Leisure and Libraries

7. CHANGES TO WASTE COLLECTION SERVICES

Oral presentation from Matt Clubb, Head of Waste Management and Fleet

Services

8. BUDGET ENGAGEMENT

Round tables discussion with Paul Brannon, Marketing Officer

9. PRIMARY SCHOOL EXPANSION

Round tables discussion with Nigel Simms, Building Schools for the Future

Director

10. LOCAL IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FUNDING 2012/13 (FUNDING FOR

TRANSPORT SCHEMES) (Pages 19 – 30)

Report from Paul Blunt, Transport Planning and Programme Manager

11. POLLUTION STATISTICS – WALLINGTON HIGH STREET (Pages 31 – 32)

4 Request from community representative for statistics before and after the

Wallington High Street Improvements

12. COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES ISSUES

Community Representatives are invited to raise issues for future agendas or discussion at the meeting if the Chair deems the matter urgent. Please inform the Community Development Officer if you wish to raise an item

13. ITEMS FOR NOTING – UPDATE ON BUTTERHILL

Update from Faran Forghani, Traffic and Highways Works Manager:

A consultation document is being prepared to consult residents on the various options available, and seek their opinions and views in conjunction with our consultation with Transport for London and the application for funding in 2013-

14. The consultation which will be in the form of questionnaire will cover a wider area to include the residents from the neighbouring roads as well.

This will enable us to map out the results when formally informing and consulting the committee for a decision.

14. ANY URGENT BUSINESS

15. DATES OF FUTURE MEETINGS

Future meetings will be held at Bandon Hill Primary School at 7pm on the following dates:

5 July 2012,

18 October 2012,

6 December 2012,

14 February 2012,18 April 2013

Contac: sunita.gordon@sutton.gov.uk

Take Part Take Pride

This year the Summer Festival in Sutton will start in mid May and continue until September to make the most of the historic events London is celebrating.

If you or your organisation would like to want to host an event in celebration of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and Paralympics, we can help.

A not for profit organisation, hosting an event, you may be eligible to apply for up to £500 of funding provided by the council.  Providing your organisation meets the certain criteria as specified on our application form.

Alternatively, if you are an individual or small local group who just wants to put on an event for your local neighbourhood to celebrate Take Part Take Pride, such as a picnic or party in the park, a country walk with refreshments, or a more ambitious activity day, you could apply for a £50 supermarket voucher.

You can also apply for one of these if you’re putting on a street party or Big Lunch for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Street parties held over the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee bank holiday weekend from 2 – 5 June can also apply to have their street, or part of their street, closed and Sutton Council will waive the road closure fee. The latest date for road closure applications is 4 May

For the £500 funding opportunity or the £50 supermarket voucher you need to apply by 15 March 2012 using our online application form.

Even if you are not applying for funding, do let the council know about your event it can be promoted in the Summer Festival Programme and on the website.

The online application form and street closure form can be accessed on our website: www.sutton.gov.uk/summerfestival

If you’d like more information about the £500 funding please contact karen.holt@sutton.gov.uk

For more information about the £50 vouchers and the Summer Festival Programme please contact debbie.bacon@sutton.gov.uk.

Beware these doorstep callers

There have been a number of incidents across the borough where two white males both with Irish accents have been trying to obtain money by deception.

They are knocking at front doors and using various false stories to obtain money. Examples of this are “I have lost my wallet and need money to get home”, or “I have run out of fuel and need some money to get home”.
If you encounter this type of incident, please contact police on 999 immediately with as much detail of suspects and suspect vehicle as possible.

sunita.gordon@sutton.gov.uk

Wallington High Street improvements starting soon

The Wallington Integrated Transport Package (WIPT), engaged the local community in the development of the improvements to the high street. It started with an informal consultation with a range of residents, local businesses and visitors asking them what they liked and disliked about Wallington and what improvements could be made to encourage them to use more sustainable transport options. Over 1,000 responses were received and, generally, the feedback showed that people liked and used Wallington but the main problems were congestion and difficulty crossing at key points, clutter and areas that were untidy and run down.Significant amendments were made to the project because of the feedback from the consultation. These changes included amendments to the area around the library gardens and old town hall, and the addition of more loading bays and disabled parking. The project manager and senior engineer, Russell Troup, went through the final scheme details and highlighted the drainage improvements they wanted to incorporate into the area.Transport for London has provided a significant contribution to fund the project, which is due to commence in mid February 2011.

Further information on the scheme is available from Russell.troup@sutton.gov.uk or 020 8770 4551

GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT ON LOCALISM BILL

The Government has today launched its Localism Bill, which will have major impacts on council services. This is just a snapshot and we will be doing further work over the next week to draw out the implications for Sutton.

Sutton has long been committed to involving the local community in decisions that affect them, and our status as one of the Big Society vanguard areas is recognition of this. The Bill will allow us to build on this work by further devolving power and give us more flexibility so that we can work with local people to deliver the services they want.

The main proposals in the Bill show that:

Councils have a “general power of competence”, allowing them to do anything not specifically banned

Councils will be allowed to return to the committee structure if they want

Councils will have to publish a senior pay policy statement

Councils will be given the power to set business rates, and borrow against future income

Councils will also be given the power to decide who should qualify to go on their housing waiting list

Residents will be given the power to start local referendums on any local issue and the power to veto excessive council tax increases

Community groups will have a “right to challenge”, meaning they can apply to run local services

Communities will be given the right to buy community assets if they are up for sale like libraries and shops

• Neighbourhoods will be given the right to permit development in their areas without the need for planning applications

Developers planning large schemes will have to consult with the community before submitting a planning application

London councils will be given control over more of the major local planning decisions that affect their local communities. The Mayor of London will only consider the largest planning applications in future